How do you make a solo album for one of the best guitarists we've ever seen, who happens to have minimal singing and songwriting abilities? If you're George Clinton, you have some of the best musicians of the 1970's play the structures of some well known songs and let Eddie Hazel go blackout crazy on … Continue reading Eddie Hazel – Games, Dames and Guitar Thangs
Kamasi Washington released "The Epic" in 2015. The 3 hour piece of art established him as the premiere young jazz musician in the world. Next month, Washington and his band will release "Heaven and Earth," a 2 and a half hour double album where disc 1 & 2 happen simultaneously in different planes, according to … Continue reading Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
This is the debut album from the Chargers' offensive lineman, and it features Barksdale on vocals and the guitar. He is much more advanced on the guitar than he is as a singer, but most of the issues with the lack of polish in his voice are well masked by featured singers singing along. While … Continue reading Joe Barksdale – Butterflies, Rainbows & Moonbeams
P-Funk Live combines musicianship and spectacle better than anyone. They released a line album in 1977, but to really get the full experience, I linked a video of a performance from the same tour. If Curtis-Mayfield-In-An-Intimate-Jazz-Club isn't my #1 dream concert, mid-70s P-Funk is. Parliament - Live: P Funk Earth Tour YouTube Link
Curtis Mayfield at a small, intimate jazz club might be #1 on my dream concerts list. Direct your ears to how much these songs sound like their studio version. Curtis' songs always had sort of a live feel to them, and the band is so tight that this doesn't feel like it's possible that this … Continue reading Curtis Mayfield – Curtis/Live!
There's a couple of things I'll direct your ears to in this album: 1. When Bill talks to the crowd in between songs, you get the sense that he observes life the way a stand-up comedian does. Instead of turning those observations into jokes, he uses them to add another level of sincerity into his … Continue reading Bill Withers – Live At Carnegie Hall
I'm gonna post a few live albums this week, since I've only posted one, I think. What it will essentially amount to is a list of concerts that make me wish time travel was possible so I could go back and see them. The first one is the Ohio Players' "Live 1977." I saw them … Continue reading Ohio Players – Live 1977